January 4, 1999 |
The military government deployed more troops in the oil-producing Niger River Delta, where youth protests are threatening the nation's revenue base. Residents said military checkpoints were set up in the area, where up to 26 people have died in a week of protests by ethnic Ijaw youths demanding a greater share of the region's wealth.
March 4, 2003 |
A large dugout canoe capsized on the Niger River, drowning at least 30 of its 50 passengers, Nigerian officials said. Dugout canoes are a major means of transport in communities along the river, and accidents are common. The boat capsized Thursday while crossing a reservoir near Besse, a farming and fishing town in the northwestern state of Kebbi, said Sani Isgogo, a Ministry of Water Resources official.
May 10, 1998
Re your April 29 article on oil exploration in the Niger River Delta: Shell official Basil Efoise Omiyi's bragging about the progressive community support the company has "gone out of its way" to give to residents of the Niger Delta is the cheapest of PR tactics. The community projects, like the flowers an abusive man brings after beating his spouse to a pulp, are inadequate compensation and irrelevant to recovery. Omiyi concludes with the disingenuous pronouncement, "To expect us to change the government is something you shouldn't expect from a corporate body."
December 21, 1997
Microsoft's adventure travel Mungo Park Web site, named for the intrepid Scottish explorer who disappeared while navigating the Niger River, is meeting a similar fate in the choppy waters of Internet commerce. As of Feb. 6, the site (http://www.mungopark.com) will stop offering real-time reports of adventures around the world, although users will still be able to access previous stories.
February 23, 1985 |
A Soviet-built passenger turboprop of Air Mali crashed Friday soon after taking off from the desert outpost of Timbuktu, killing all but one of the 51 people aboard, officials at the airline's headquarters here reported. The surviving passenger was said to be in critical condition. Sketchy reports said that a dozen or so foreigners were among the dead, but the African airline did not release the passenger list for the domestic flight, which contained only last names of those aboard. U.S.
April 12, 1994 |
The most advanced radar ever sent into space by NASA peered beneath the sand of the Sahara Desert on Monday for traces of ancient river channels and lost civilizations. Two days into the 10-day flight, the radar aboard space shuttle Endeavour had mapped about 3 million square miles of Earth's surface, an area equivalent to half the United States.